Mandatory Memberships   

  • CPSO The College of Physicians and Surgeons and Canadian Medical Protection Association (see section “Paperwork BEFORE You Start…”)

  • College of Family Physicians of Canada: Required to write the certification exams in PGY-2. Includes subscription to Canadian Family Physician Journal, free access to Self Learning (a study guide/CME resource) and up-to-date information on issues in family medicine. Membership must be maintained after graduation to maintain certification.

Committee Involvement

There are many opportunities for involvement within each family medicine program. Listed below are a few provincial and national committees to consider. Expect an email early in the year soliciting applications for these positions.

OCFP: One representative per year per Ontario program, two meetings per year in Toronto and two teleconferences

PARO: Three to four representatives per Ontario program, four meetings per year in Toronto

RDOC: Volunteer committee and liaison positions, elected positions for the board of directors

OMA: Section of Residents Eight elected positions plus alternates, two OMA general council meetings per year

CFPC: One representative per year per Canadian program, two meetings per year in Mississauga and two teleconferences

Special Courses

  • Mandatory

    • NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) – offered at most schools

    • ACES (Acute Critical Events Simulation) – only at some schools

  • Recommended

    • Emergency

      • ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support)

      • ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)

      • PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life support)

    • Obstetrics

      • ALARM (by the SOGC), also course (by the AAFP)

    • Orthopedics

      • CASTED, AMLS (Acute Musculoskeletal Limb Support)

  • Check the requirements for your program early on, most universities offer their own ACLS, ATLS, NRP and PALS courses.